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Swanage beach, Dorset

Swanage lies in a safe sheltered bay on the 'Isle of Purbeck' and is flanked by magnificent chalk headlands on either side.

The gently sloping sands form a good 2 kilometre family beach with a promenade, providing all the facilities of a small seaside resort. Granted a Blue Flag Award for 2015, the beach is European designated bathing water and the water quality is MCS Recommended.

There are lots of things to do including swimming, windsurfing, diving, sailing, sea canoeing and fishing as well as crazy golf and bowls.

Keen walkers will note that the Dorset Coast Path extends in both directions from Swanage Bay, passing through beautiful countryside along this section of coast. The path to the north leads to Handfast Point, providing excellent views of Old Harry Rocks and Poole Bay.

A seasonal dog ban is in force here with dogs banned between May 1st and September 30th inclusive.




 Sandy beach

 Flora and Fauna

 Cafe, shop or pub

 Easily accessible

 Family friendly

 Interesting geology

 Seasonal dog ban


OS Explorer Map OL15: Purbeck & South Dorset

OS Explorer Map OL15: Purbeck & South Dorset

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

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Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Swanage, Sandbanks, Poole and Bournemouth.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Swanage, Wareham, Poole and Bere Regis.

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